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#45, Faded Glory, The Westward Ho
618 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.
In 1928, the Westard Ho Hotel was the tallest building constructed in Phoenix. The large radio antenna, mounted asymmetrically, reaches a height more than twice that of the building itself.
The luxury hotel was the hottest in town and hosted the rich and famous regularly. People like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe hung out at the pool. The Ho saw its glory up to 1979, when the hotel closed its doors. In 1981 the building was reconstructed to house the lower income elderly, which it currently caters. The antenna, once used by KPHO, is no longer active.
A couple of fun facts. George Carlin stayed in the Ho the last time he visited Phoenix, prior to his death. The hotel was not featured in the original Psycho movie, it was the Jefferson Hotel. The Ho was featured in the Psycho remake with Anne Heche.
Once a hopping hotel. Now serves the community and remains a significan icon along the the Phoenix skyline.